â€œIn this long war…any kind of moral and intellectual confusion about who and what is right or wrong can severely weaken the ability of free societies to persevere.â€? ~~Donald Rumsfeld, 08.29.06
The Secretary of Offense is partially correct. Moral and intellectual confusionâ€”or, more precisely, deficitsâ€”can severely weaken a free society.
Rather than discouraging dialogue and dissent or questioning the patriotism of those who dare call for peace and demand accountability, Mr. Rumsfeld and others in the Bush administration would do well to dispense with the self-righteous posturing and open their eyes and ears to the world.